Islington Boxing Club team triumph in Jersey

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 November 2016

The victorious Islington Boxing Club team in Jersey. left to right: Byron Cox, Amy Andrew, Darren Smith (coach), Tommy Kavulu, Borys Feldman.

The victorious Islington Boxing Club team in Jersey. left to right: Byron Cox, Amy Andrew, Darren Smith (coach), Tommy Kavulu, Borys Feldman.


Amy Andrew overcame a bout of flu – and some controversial judging – to clinch victory for Islington BC in their team match in Jersey.

Andrew, who took on Calli Bushell of Jersey Leonis ABC at 57kg, edged a countback split decision that appeared more clear-cut, but nevertheless sealed a 3-1 win for the north London club.

Catching Bushell with a series of single jabs to take the opening round of four, Andrew switched off in the second but recovered as she forced her opponent onto the back foot.

Despite that, the judges scored the third round in the home fighter’s favour and it needed sustained pressure and some telling combinations in the closing stages for Andrew to emerge victorious.

Islington team manager Reggie Hagland said: “To Amy’s credit, she participated while not 100 per cent fit – she has incredible determination and character.

“It was a wonderful experience for our boxers. The hospitality from the Jersey team was excellent and hopefully we are able to take part in more contests in the Channel Islands in the near future.”

Debutant Byron Cox, 18, was first into the ring for Islington in a youth contest at 58kg against another first-timer, Alex Power (Jersey Leonis).

Cox worked well on the front foot and put his opponent under pressure as he controlled all three rounds – and, despite an original announcement in favour of Power, the show supervisor confirmed the Islington boxer’s win by unanimous decision.

Islington fielded another debutant in the next fight, Tommy Kavulu, but he started slowly and found himself under pressure from Harry Bertam (Jersey Leonis ABC).

Stern words from corner man Darren Smith seemed to spark Kavulu into action and he landed cleaner punches in the second round but, after an untidy climax to the fight, it was Bertam who took a unanimous decision.

Islington’s Borys Feldman finally broke his lengthy habit of winning split decisions as he gained a unanimous verdict from the judges against the previously undefeated Nick Carpenter (Jersey Leonis ABC).

Feldman’s front foot pressure and head movement kept him comfortably in control, and the welterweight’s delight was evident when the judges all went in his favour.

Islington’s Ella Gilbert was defeated on her debut for the club in a hard-fought contest against K Wawman (St Gerards ABC) at Millwall FC Supporters’ Club.

The pair traded blows during the first and third rounds, which were both close, but Wawman’s better scoring head shots and quickfire jabs in the second helped her to clinch victory.

Latest Islington Sports News

Friday, March 24, 2017

Today’s Friday Fanzone Q&A talks to ‘Highbury Harold’ a member of the Black Scarf movement – the supporter group ‘that says it like it is’. Read on for this fourth generation Gooner’s views on all things Arsenal...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Extra £410,000 to identify and support young talent

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Islington and Camden’s two District Primary School teams played out a pulsating semi-final in the Kay Trophy at Chase Lodge – with Islington just getting through on penalties.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Return to action after surgery leads to podiums

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Islington Boxing Club picked up two victories on an Eastgate ABC dinner show held at the Debenham Leisure Centre in Stowmarket.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The nine-year-old boy from Islington who wowed people last year by conquering three of cycling’s most feared climbs is gearing up for another adventure – and this time his sister is coming along for the ride.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies saw their 27-game undefeated run come to an end with a valiant 10-0 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal but Karen Hills’ outfit can take plenty of pride away from the encounter.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Alan Higgins will feel unlucky after losing his Southern Area Super-Middleweight title in a superb contest with Criag Richards.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now